U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Building Technologies Office – Appliance & Equipment Standards
Commercial and Industrial Pumps
This page describes rulemaking activities for commercial and industrial pumps. There are currently no federal standards or test procedures for these products. DOE is requesting information from interested parties regarding product markets, energy use, test procedures, and energy efficient product designs for commercial and industrial pumps.
DOE will consider adding a definition for "Commercial, Industrial, and Agricultural Pumps (Pumps)" in the Code of Federal Regulations to clarify coverage of any potential test procedure or energy conservation standard. There currently is no statutory definition of pumps.
Request for Information
Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) of 1975, as amended (42 U.S.C. 6291 et seq.), sets forth various provisions designed to improve energy efficiency. Part C of EPCA includes measures to improve the energy efficiency of commercial and industrial equipment. See 42 U.S.C. 6311–6316. (Part C was re-designated Part A-1 on codification of the U.S. Code for editorial reasons).
Section 6311(A) includes electric motors and pumps as "covered equipment." Section 6316(a) describes how provisions in Part A (which concerns "Consumer Products Other Than Automobiles") apply to industrial equipment, which includes pumps.
Sections 6314 and 6315 concern test procedures and labeling, respectively, for covered equipment. The provisions in these sections, in combination with section 6316(a), give DOE authority to establish test procedures and to prescribe a labeling rule for pumps.